Faversham Town

Saturday 9th July 2011

Faversham Town 3 v Dover Athletic 1
Pre Season Friendly
Gate: £8 (ouch !! £4 too much ! i felt Fagin had pick pocketed me at the turnstile !)
Atten: TBC plenty of beer swilling guys from Dover
Food & Drink: had a delicious lunch in town
Ground: was only 2 sided today as stadium still not ready for new season 2/10
Match Enjoyment: had to wait one minute of new season for first goal ! but overall a non descript match 2/10

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I needed to get out for the day whatever sacrifices needed to be made and after having to cancel a few days in the lakes due to ill health a day on the Kent Coast was what the Doctor had ordered. My previous visits down there had all been successful ones. My choice was Faversham a market town , which to my deleight was better than i had imagined. The market place was a hive of activity in glorious sunshine. Getting here was problematic due to my arguments with 'Linda' - she had insisted we were to 'turn left here' i disagreed and saved us ten miles - even after three attempts to "make a U-Turn immediatly !!" Linda was not happy.

already a serious contender for "most delicious pre match meal" of the season.

Lunch was taken in the town centre market place and already has a vote for 'most delicious pre match meal of the season' ... Bubble and Squeek with the most moist a tasty ham carved off the bone and mango sauce and perfect freid egg. All washed down with coffee and a door wedge of home made Victoria sponge .. mmmm !

The ground was easy to find and for some reason i 'needed' to visit on a few occasions last season without success. But today i was here ! I was welcomed by club officials as the car park was full a bigger than average gate was due. I was ushered to the turnstile to pay only to learn it was £8 to get in   Ouch ! for a freindly i was suprised but then when i lowered my head to speak to the chap on the gate  in my head i saw .... Fagin !  trying to pick my pockets for the £8 ! ,
Fagin comes from Faversham !!!
So as i paid and entered i heard him rubbing his hands and laughing. I then imagined him singing "cheerio but be back soon ... you know we are gonna miss ya ....!" whilst playing his fiddle !.

I actually felt a bit cheated as Dover only came with academy players - not to inform the public in advance was naughty to say the least !. We only had to wait a minute for the first goal of the new season - a penalty a Dover player chopped in half an opponent , no disputes from anyone.
before the game started Faversham got in a  celtic style huddle !!! i have never seen that at a pre season friendly !!

The rest of the game was very average at best - but the day out was a good one as i had an excellent lunch , met Bob Geldorf , visited a lovely market town with great antique shops etc to browse around.
I had also learned that Fagin lives in Faversham !!!  the actual day was spoilt by a football match getting in the way !!


  1. £8! Perhaps they had heard Bob was in town. Nice shot of the ball in the net, but where are the players?

  2. Your thoughts on the cost of admission have been duly noted on the Faversham People website: http://tinyurl.com/6cbwufv
    By the way, where did you have your pre-match feast?

  3. no problem Neil i hope you were not offended by my comment - it was not meant in a bad way but it happens more and more nowdays when big name teams come to smaller clubs in friendlies they often do not send a full strength front side - many people feel it is misleading. Orient did the same thing at Ebbsfleet last thursday and i was charged £10 !! some clubs use the bigger clubs visits as some kind of 'marketing tool' in order to attract a bigger gate.
    The game itself was average apart from the 2nd Faversham goal a beautiful half volley across the goalie into the top corner - a lovely piece of skill. The only other was late in the game a superb 4 man move by Faversham resulting in a near miss, by then the game was won.
    The pre match feast was at a restaurant called "Haversham" i think , located right on the market square and was superb.
    I hope you have a great season.

  4. Offended? Not at all! I agree with you. The quality of the sides turning out for friendlies is down to the managers, and their thoughts are on preparing for a season ahead rather more than considering the entertainment for the spectators; I think admission prices for pre-season games should reflect this more closely!
    Well done for discovering Havisham's coffee house, they do a good spread there. There's lots more to discover about Faversham, some fine pubs and caffs: come back soon!

  5. no probs Neil - i liked the town and will be back for a competitive match.

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